ROUNDUP - Crews battling a range fire that burned across some 1,500 acres of timber and grassland near here welcomed rain Wednesday.
About 200 firefighters, including at least eight smokejumpers, were assigned to the fire 36 miles northwest of Roundup. A special management team was called to take over supervision of the battle Wednesday.
"This is a real scary fire," Eric Chapman, a fire official with the Bureau of Land Management, said Tuesday. "We had winds pick it up and move it 500 yards. That's real scary fire behavior."
Ground crews were aided by air tankers, a helicopter, fire engines and tanker trucks.
A house was evacuated Tuesday night because of danger from the fast-moving fire, which began with a lightning strike Monday. Two homes were evacuated Monday night.
Allen Edmonds, an assistant fire management officer with the BLM in Miles City, said there were no reports of any injuries.
The fire is along the southeast corner of the Big Snowy Mountains. It first headed east but then shifted south, burning through Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and grassland.
The afternoon weather forecast called for high wind, and firefighters were hopeful Wednesday's rain would lessen the wind's effect on the blaze.
The Twin Coulee fire burned along the southeast corner of the Big Snowy Mountains. In addition to the work of about 200 firefighters on the ground, the available resources included air tankers, a helicopter, fire engines and tanker trucks.
No injuries were reported.
The fire burned part of the Twin Coulee Wilderness Study Area, and private ranch property.